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Thu Aug 30, 2012, 07:04 AM

As Republican convention emphasizes diversity, racial incidents intrude

Source: Washington Post

TAMPA — From the convention stage here, the Republican Party has tried to highlight its diversity, giving prime speaking slots to Latinos and blacks who have emphasized their party’s economic appeal to all Americans. But they have delivered those speeches to a convention hall filled overwhelmingly with white faces, an awkward contrast that has been made more uncomfortable this week by a series of racial headaches that have intruded on the party’s efforts to project a new level of inclusiveness.

The tensions come amid a debate within the GOP on how best to lure new voters. The nation’s shifting demographics have caused some Republican leaders to worry not only about the party’s future but about winning in November, particularly in key swing states such as Virginia and Nevada. “The demographics race we’re losing badly,” said Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.). “We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term.”

That followed an on-air shouting match between MSNBC host Chris Matthews and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus over whether presidential nominee Mitt Romney was injecting race into the campaign by joking about President Obama’s birth certificate and attacking his record on welfare reform.

“There’s no doubt he did,” Matthews declared. “Garbage,” Priebus retorted.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2012/08/29/b9023a52-f1ec-11e1-892d-bc92fee603a7_story.html

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onehandle Aug 2012 OP
2pooped2pop Aug 2012 #1
magical thyme Aug 2012 #2
krkaufman Aug 2012 #11
neeksgeek Aug 2012 #3
NBachers Aug 2012 #6
magical thyme Aug 2012 #4
wordpix Aug 2012 #8
magical thyme Aug 2012 #10
krkaufman Aug 2012 #12
SemperEadem Aug 2012 #5
Trillo Aug 2012 #7
wordpix Aug 2012 #9

Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Aug 30, 2012, 07:11 AM

1. they admit they have to make angry white guys.

“We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term.”


THat's fox's job. Keep the shit stirred. Keep them angry.

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Response to 2pooped2pop (Reply #1)

Thu Aug 30, 2012, 07:17 AM

2. that won't do it. first they have to give birth to more

white guys. Therein lies the problem. Mitt's 5 sons notwithstanding, the trend is away from increasing the white population overall, including the white male population. Fewer white guys to get pissed off means fewer angry white guys.

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Response to 2pooped2pop (Reply #1)

Thu Aug 30, 2012, 03:04 PM

11. Seriously!!

“We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term.”


Seriously, how is this not a major headline, at least across the sensationalist cable snooze channels.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Aug 30, 2012, 07:19 AM

3. They're generating "angry white guys" all right

I'm a white guy, and I'm angry. Several of my white guy friends are angry too. At the Republicans! And we're voting for Obama and the Democrats in general.

One thing I'm angry about is how the right-wing talks about Latinos. Another is the way they treat women. There are other things I'm angry over, but I'm not going to list all the outrageous things that have been said and done by the Republicans. I'm just going to state that my wife is a Latino woman (a US citizen), and guess what - she is a *former* Republican!

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Response to neeksgeek (Reply #3)

Thu Aug 30, 2012, 10:47 AM

6. Pissed off 63 year old white guy here

I've loved the Democratic Party (warts, mis-steps, and all) since President John Kennedy, and I've been pissed off at all Republicans since Tricky Dick ("I Am Not A Crook") Nixon.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Aug 30, 2012, 07:25 AM

4. rethug brainstorm

"In Tampa, Republicans have devoted significant time to brainstorming how to expand the party’s appeal to Latinos."


GOP genius: I know! Lets have Her Royal Haughtiness Dressage Queen Ann lecture them on their need to "get past their bias!" That oughtta do it!!!!!!


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Response to magical thyme (Reply #4)

Thu Aug 30, 2012, 11:27 AM

8. keep partying on yachts & not paying taxes - the poor and middle income earners love that

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Response to wordpix (Reply #8)

Thu Aug 30, 2012, 11:42 AM

10. well, the partying part works because

to paraphrase HRH addressing the Latino community, "you people know how to party!"

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Response to magical thyme (Reply #10)

Thu Aug 30, 2012, 03:06 PM

12. Ann Romney is liberal ....

Well, Ann Romney is liberal ... with the phrase "you people." I would expect this may become an issue if she keeps it up. (definitely fits the "HRH" moniker)

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Aug 30, 2012, 09:40 AM

5. a box of moth balls...

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Aug 30, 2012, 11:24 AM

7. What does Graham mean by "not generating enough angry white guys"?

I saw that yesterday, and wondered the same thing.

We kicked you when you were down, and we kept kicking you, but you're not angry enough yet, so the punishments shall continue. Is that what he means?

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Response to Trillo (Reply #7)

Thu Aug 30, 2012, 11:30 AM

9. translation: We're deliberately generating white male anger at non-whites, women & Obama w/ our lies

Also, "We'll accept non-whites and women into our faux fold and even pay them handsomely, as long as they'll lie for us convincingly."

Lying liars and the lies they tell white men...

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